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Día de Los Muertos Panelist Biographies

Flo Ramos-Hernandez, with hundreds of others, helped found public radio KUVO 89.3 FM and for 23 years was its President and CEO.  She was one of the hosts of Cancion Mexicana, dubbed the “spiciest show on radio” by the Denver Post.  In 1984, in partnership with Pirate Contemporary Arts Gallery, KUVO began public celebrations of Dia de los Muertos through arts exhibitions. Since 1985 Flo and her husband Manuel have hosted a family celebration on November 2.  The altar is the centerpiece of the evening and honors deceased relatives and friends.  In this presentation, Flo gives us a glimpse into the Ofrendas in her home.

Patricio Córdova is an artist, musician, writer, photographer, educator, cultural advocate and native of Colorado with ancestry running through southern Colorado and northern New Mexico dating to the early 1700’s. Patricio worked in Denver and Colorado for over thirty years to promote Latino arts and culture. He received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for his work with CHAC (The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, and produced many special events and cultural celebrations, most notably inaugurating the first and longest running Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at Pirate, A Contemporary Art Oasis in 1983, an event he produced for fifteen years. 

David Atekpatzin Young is a tribal elder, traditional healer, consultant, historian, author, artist, and musician.  Atekpatzin has provided program design, evaluation and training locally and nationally for thirty years.   He has worked as a health educator, prevention specialist, psychotherapist, and traditional healer serving diverse populations. He is founder of the Calmecaztlan, a traditional Indigenous school, and has taught courses at universities and high schools.